Three Pats consume 35 percent of cap

During the last labor deal — the one the owners hated — teams rarely had trouble complying with the salary cap.  Now that the owners have struck a more favorable formula for paying players, the fact that more and more teams are pressed up against the cap tells us that it’s a very good deal for the league.

But that’s bad for teams that need to stay on the right side of the spending limit.

Case in point:  As Tom Curran of CSN New England points out, only three players consume a whopping 35 percent of the Patriots’ 2013 cap.

The culprits are Tom Brady ($21.8 million), Vince Wilfork ($10.6 million), and Logan Mankins ($10 million).

Restructurings aimed at shrinking one or more of those numbers are possible.  Still, until the cap spikes following the impact of the new TV deals, teams will be scrambling to fit all players under a fairly low ceiling, which has barely gone up at all since 2011.

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38 responses to “Three Pats consume 35 percent of cap

  1. This is a non story. As a patriots fan all three are the best three on the team arguably. We still have plenty of cap, more than a lot of the best teams

  2. The top end players like these guys and the owners got a great deal. They all worked together to squeeze the rookies and the more average players. It will be interesting to see how teams with the $20mil QB work all of this out.

  3. The Patriots have a way of finding a way around cap issues. They really are good at it, better than they are at finding a way to win three post-season games in a row. If they weren’t good at “capology”, Kraft would just make a call to his pal The Great Roger Goodell and it would be taken care of anyway.

  4. great job d. smith u really pulled one over on the owners with your great negotation skills. i guess it was a win for those players who didn’t want more money. i don’t understand why the players don’t boot this idiot.

  5. More favorable CBA? I guess so. No one can make any real money in the first four years and the league career average is three years. The veterans sold out upcoming players…

  6. snarcasms says: Feb 7, 2013 4:02 PM

    Gotta love Tom Brady’s so called home town discount.
    He took a reduced rate in his last contract, with the feeling that the money saved would be used to ensure a high talent level around him. When D Branch and others left for salary reasons he went for market value in his current contract. Hard to blame him.

  7. spitsfire says: Feb 7, 2013 4:07 PM

    This is the team and the fanbase giddy about Joe Flacco getting overpaid and THEM getting Ed Reed.?!

    I guess…not so much
    This is only 3 players. The Patriots as a team are $13 Million under the cap. The Ed Reed stuff is overblown because even at 13M under, the Pats have some important free agents of their own.

    Flacco deserves to be paid market value. He’s inconsistent in the regular season but he’s money in the playoffs, and not just this year. The Ravens however, have some serious cap issues. Lucky for them they have Ozzie Newsome, and he’ll manage it as well as anyone can.

  8. What team doesn’t their top 3 players take up a huge portion of their cap?!

    I bet Stafford, Megatron and Suh consume a whole lot in Detriot. How about Sanchez, Revis, and Holmes in NY?… and Sanchez and Holmes aren’t even good.

  9. spitsfire says: This is the team and the fanbase giddy about Joe Flacco getting overpaid and THEM getting Ed Reed.?!

    Huh? The only person giddy over Flacco is his agent and we don’t want 35 year old(in Sept) Ed Reed.

  10. Non-story. There’s still plenty of cap left for them, and when it does go up they’ll have even more left. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Tom Brady restructure, since he seems to do that every year anyways

  11. As a Colts fan, this seems pretty normal to me.

    A lot of players that would have helped the Colts were lost as a Cap Casualty over the Manning years. I look back at players like Mike Peterson that went on to the Jaguars and killed it there, or a Jake Scott…etc. One problem with having those few high priced superstars is you lose the pieces they will need around them to assure dominance. If Brady, Mankins, and Wilford would take 5 mil. per year … The Patriots could keep the above average players at many other positions.

    Can’t blame them though, you have to get what you can get when you can get it. No different than Joe Me.

  12. Hang on a moment, this is the same team that so many fans say are cheap and don’t pay their best players. I am confused which argument is it!!!!

  13. The Pats have restructured Brady’s contracts so many times the cap number has finally caught up with them.

  14. When I saw the headline about consumption, I knew Vince Wilfork had to be one of them.

  15. Lol with what this article implies and what some of the comments also seem to imply you’d think the Pats are left with nothing after these three, its not like Gronkowski, Hernandez and Mayo are also locked up long term… Oh wait


    Not a bad list of 6 players to have locked up long term

  16. Brady needs to hand back some money after that pant crap pefrormance in the SB two years ago!

  17. Not a bad list of 6 players to have locked up long term


    Dom’t be so sure about Brady being a long term dude!

    His oppressive cap contract and dismal play-off performance may punch his ticket out of beantown!

  18. The missing part of this article is that those 3 guys may be 35% but the remainder of the team is also lower paid then many teams, so they become a higher percentage. Those 3 guys have to be paid or you have no team at all.

  19. The Pats have 106.4 million comitted to 37 players in 2014. That makes it a litte difficult to sign Welker, Talib, and Volmer. At least man up and admit the cap situation sucks, or be a tool and pick another team to make an excuse for the Pats.

  20. i agree with these players have to get paid while they can in the nfl, but they complain about other sections of the team arent holding up their parts cause usually they have to fill those spots with new draft picks or undrafted free agent pick ups to fill those positions out cause they are taking up so much of the cap, seen it all the time with my colts, pm18 and other got the big money and they band-aided all the other positions

  21. hehateme2 says:Feb 7, 2013 4:08 PM



    Brady could probably make 3 times what he makes in Arizona. He’s not very greedy considering.

    That said what’s wrong with a bit of greed 😉

    “The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.” – Gordon Gekko 1987

  22. Tomasina Brady isn’t worth 2 mil a year anymore. That fat woolfork is barely worth $800k. And that other dude? 50 cents.

    There is your salary cap solution and you can pay the other dude a couple whoppers to go along with his two bits.

  23. Tom will take another cut graciously to keep this team alive. See you again next year in the final four, while the same cannot be said for most other teams

  24. Both Tom and Vince deserve their money, it’s the other guy I’m not so sure about.

    Might be a good year to draft a guard high.

  25. It’s been a hell of a run for the Pats, one HELL of a run.

    It’s really easy to see them falling bad in the near future though, bad like they were for decades before this run.

    This looks like a major crash and burn coming soon.

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